Hello there! This is Picture Meerkat, and after a very long time, I am FINALY going to post the tutorial that I said I would on how to draw characters on flash. Just one or two notes before that though - Firstly, a total of TWO movie scenes have been animated now - a small action scene, and a longer talking scene. Secondly, me and Animator Meerkat have been discussing endings to this and later movies today, and I can promise real treats! Anyway, on to the tutorial!

1) Go online and find an image similar to what you want to draw on flash. I will be drawing Meelin for this tutorial, and the picture I have used is of Herr Flick from 'Ello 'Ello who is a member of the Gestapo. I will put pictures of what it should look like at each stage below. Here is what you should have for the end of stage 1:
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2) Draw out a shape for the body. I did this in two stages - the left and right halves. Add effects using the gradient fill tool at the right of the flash document to give it some ripples, and make the shape the colours you want.
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3) Add the flaps to the coat. Not neccisary on all characters, but we have now STARTED to approach the detailing stage. Some characters will not have this stage, but there are also other things that could be done in place of this, like coat buttons, and embroidered initials. This is the stage for detailing the clock, or main body.
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4) In this stage, we can add the shirt that we can see underneath the coat Meelin wears. This layer has to be placed below the coat, so it looks as if he has the coat over his shirt. I chose not to give him a tie, so you can see the buttons underneath. These look good if they are done using the radial section of the colour mixer on the right, so that they look rounded.
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5) Its time to give Meelin some arms! To give him the arms, you neet to look at the picture, and match it as closely as possible. Here is my view, but its also quite possible to put them in other poses, too.
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Thats all for this tutorial, but I will post part 2 soon - Detailing Meelin! Until then, Simples!

Picture Meerkat
 
Scripting 01/03/2010
 
Sorry about the delay! Just a note, I am now VERY HARD AT WORK on the script for movie 2. And Animator Meerkat, it will be done in time, you will see! Simples, and Happy new year!

Picture Meerkat